Biographies


Timothy Phillips

Percussionist, Conductor and Pedagogue Timothy has lead a varied career in his native Australia and in continental Europe. He completed his undergraduate studies at the Canberra School of Music and two post-graduate degrees at the State University of Music in Karlsruhe, Germany, studying with Daryl Pratt and Professor Isao Nakamura respectively.

As a performer Timothy appears with orchestras, chamber ensembles and in solo shows and he has also created original music for DVA (mixed ability) Theatre, Ignition (NMIT) Theatre and Westside Circus.

As a conductor Timothy is the founder of the Arcko Symphonic Ensemble, which launched in 2008. He has also conducted premieres for Kate Neal, Dianne Peters and Daniel Salecich and has appeared at MIAF and on recordings for Move records.

Caerwen Martin

Caerwen began composition in 1993 when studying at VCA and has written for dance, theatre, art installation, film and ensembles such as Collision Theory, SiloSQ, Arcko Symphonic, Speak Percussion, The Song Company, Melbourne Symphony, Borrowed Time Trio, The Fence Post Quartet, Naked Raven, La Fraternita Di Solisti and various mixed ensembles.

Her works are performed regularly in Australia and Germany and are broadcast by radio stations in Australia and the USA. She has released 6 CDs of her works.

Caerwen works in hand drawn graphic notation, traditional notation, audio recording, improvisation, field recording and manipulated sound using the logic program. The various approaches enable her to access different styles of composition and achieve unique and differing outcomes with her musicians.

Caerwen is also a classically trained cellist who specialises in Australian new music and travels nationally and internationally to perform.

Zachary Johnston

Australian contemporary violinist, string educator, and random mandolinist, Zachary Johnston is a member of several new music ensembles including Arcko Symphonic Project, 3 Shades Black, 6º ensemble, and Bolt Ensemble.

As part of long-term research Zac is investigating into how curiosity and New Music is integrated into pedagogy, particularly in violin studies. He has taken this philosophy into his education work with various ensembles including conducting State Music Camp, MSO Pizzicato Effect, and a variety of improvisation and New Music workshops for school ensembles.

Zac has performed with Argonaut for the Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music (BIFEM) since 2013, holds a Masters of Music Performance Teaching, participated in the 2014 and 2016 Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt, and performed as part of the 2015 Bang on a Can Summer Festival at MASS MoCA, Massachusetts.

Ben Opie

Ben’s passion for contemporary music has led him to work with ensembles such as the Arcko Symphonic Ensemble, Opera Parallele, Ensemble Offspring and Magik*Magik Orchestra and he has performed at the Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music since its inception in 2013. Ben has commissioned many new works for oboe and regularly gives both national and international premieres.

Ben has collaborated with many different artists, including visual artists, poets, video installation artists, dancers, sound artists and radio documentary producers, and founded Inventi Ensemble in 2014.

Ben has performed in Germany, France, Bahrain, America and Australia as a soloist, collaborative and orchestral musician. He holds degrees from the Australian National University (AUS), the Johannes Gutenberg Hochschule für Musik (Germany) and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (USA).

Ben has been engaged as an expert leader in his field, tutoring students from the Australian Youth Orchestra Young Symphonists program, several of the Melbourne Youth Music programs, masterclasses at the Australian National University, and works with indigenous artists in remote communities. Through Inventi Ensemble Ben also established twice-weekly interactive music workshops in Melbourne’s immigration detention centres and custom workshops for the visually impaired.

Phoebe Green

Phoebe Green, a violist and curator, is a regular figure in the new music scene in Melbourne. A passionate advocate of Australian composers with a unique voice, she focuses on twentieth-century and current and exploratory repertoire.

Phoebe has commissioned numerous works for viola and other instruments from various composers, including James Rushford, Helen Gifford, Alistair Noble, Lisa Illean, Wally Gunn and David Chisholm.

As part of New Music Network’s 2014 Mini Series, Phoebe performed with percussionist Leah Scholes in a program celebrating works commissioned by Phoebe since 2005. In the same year she attended the 47th International Summer Course for New Music in Darmstadt, Germany, and was awarded a Stipendienpreis for Interpretation. Phoebe returned to Darmstadt in 2016 and was also part of the Australian delegation to Classical:NEXT in Rotterdam.

In 2015 Phoebe performed solos with Arcko Symphonic Ensemble and ASTRA, presented a solo recital at BIFEM to great acclaim and was an artist in residence with the Amplified Elephants. Phoebe recently released a recording with Leah Scholes of her 2009 commission, The Arrival, composed by David Chisholm.

Karen Heath-Mann

Clarinetist Karen Heath-Mann is a regular performer of new Australian works. In 2008 she gained an APRA nomination for ‘Best Recording of an Australian Work’, and in 2011 Karen appeared twice as a soloist with Arcko Symphonic Ensemble, performing Elliot Gyger’s Wilderness of Mirrors. The work was recorded and broadcast by the ABC, which described Karen’s performance as ‘virtuosic’.

In 2005, Karen received her Master of Arts degree, having studied clarinet under Robert Schubert, Peter Handsworth, Suzanne Stephens and Wolfgang Meyer. Later that year, she won 2nd prize for her performance of In Freundschaft at the annual Stockhausen Course in Germany. Returning in 2007, Karen performed again at the Stockhausen Course, playing the choreographed work Der Kleine Harlekin, and was awarded 3rd prize.

Karen has worked with Bolt Ensemble, Libra Ensemble, Aphids, Orchestra Victoria, Sunwrae Ensemble, The Grand Silent System, Arcko Symphonic Ensemble, The Air Force Band, The New Palm Court Orchestra, and three-time Grammy award winning cello player Eugene Friesen. As well as performing Karen is a committed educator holding a Bachelor of Music in Education and is currently the Director of Music at Caroline Chisholm Catholic College.